BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Day in, and day out, the wheels on a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus are pulled from the road for a tune-up.
It's a safety precaution, and one Sheilds Williams takes very seriously. “We're responsible for pretty much the wheels, down,” Williams said. Williams is one of some 200 NFTA mechanics hired to handle repairs. He has only been with the company for three years. But, he said many of his co-workers have spent their careers here at the shop. “The longevity, it's here in Metro.”
That’s actually part of the problem right now, according to officials. Karen Novo is director of human resources. She said the N.F.T.A. is facing a number of vacancies because of its aging workforce. “17% of our workforce is going out by 2019. So, challenging times,” she said.
Novo said the N.F.T.A. is looking to hire 15 mechanics right now, and that's expected to double by next year. That's why she's encouraging anyone over 19 with a high school diploma or G.E.D. to apply.
Mechanics like Sheilds Williams said you won't regret it. “If you're interested in getting into this profession, this is the facility that you would want to be a part of.”